Magazine article Sojourners Magazine

He Has Risen!

Magazine article Sojourners Magazine

He Has Risen!

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Isaiah 65:17-2.5; Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; 1 Corinthians 15:19-26; Luke 24:1-12

Jesus' female followers, who accompanied him in his arrest, imprisonment, and death, are the first to discover the unbelievable news; in the words of the angel who guards the empty tomb, Jesus "is not here, but has risen" (Luke 24:5). The women are shocked, despite the fact that Jesus himself had promised the resurrection "while he was still in Galilee" (Luke 24:6). The other disciples are just as incredulous, for the news "seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them" (Luke 24:11). Luke's account ends with Peter's gaze into the empty tomb, "amazed at what had happened." The psalmist is also a speech less witness, testifying that "This is the Lord's doing; it is marvelous in our eyes" (Psalm 118:23).

If the disciples and prophets are incredulous, what about us? Can we really believe, 2,000 years after the event? More important, can we integrate God's resurrection into our lives as something alive and present, not just the commemoration of a historical event? …

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